The Phillies have acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Pirates, both clubs announced. The return to the Pirates is a player to be named later and $250,000 in 2019-2020 international signing bonus pool.
Dickerson, 30, has long been a good hitter and he’s having one of his best offensive seasons in 2019, though he’s missed time due to injury. In 44 games, he’s hitting .315/.373/.551 with 18 doubles, four homers and 25 RBI. This is now the third time Dickerson has been traded, though this is the first time mid-season.
Though Adam Haseley is also left-handed and has hit fine, it seems pretty likely Dickerson just becomes the everyday left fielder for Philly. He could be used to slot between righties Rhys Hoskins and J.T. Realmuto. Andrew McCutchen, a former Pirate himself, began the year as the Phillies’ everyday left fielder, but a torn ACL ended his season in early June.
Here potentially is the team’s lineup moving forward:
- Scott Kingery, CF
- Jean Segura, SS
- Bryce Harper, RF
- Rhys Hoskins, 1B
- Corey Dickerson, LF
- J.T. Realmuto, C
- Cesar Hernandez, 2B
- Maikel Franco, 3B
A funny side note here is Dickerson was tantamount to a replacement for McCutchen to start last season with the Pirates and now in a roundabout way he’s McCutchen’s replacement in Philly.
On the Pirates’ end, it feels light, but this is only for two months of a player who is injury-prone. International bonus pool money helps and the Pirates are heavily investing in scouting Latin America.